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Yeast Infection Symptoms: 6 Characteristic Signs and 5 Ways of Prevention

How to prevent clumpy yeast infection?

Yeast infection symptoms indicate certain disorders in your organism, especially if they tend to reoccur. The fungus, causing thrush, is found even in healthy vagina but its low pH prevents propagation of the microorganisms. However, various factors may make the vaginal medium more favorable for yeast infections. Pain, itching, burning and clumpy discharge are caused by waste products of thrush fungus or other microorganisms.

Yeast Infection Symptoms, Causing Women Much Discomfort

You may be experiencing some of these symptoms, not necessarily all of them. Sometimes they become more pronounced after the intercourse.

  1. White clumpy cottage-cheese-like discharge that smells like bread
  2. Reddening of the vulva and occasionally of inner thighs
  3. Irritation of the vagina and the surrounding tissues
  4. Burning sensation during urination
  5. Pain during intercourse
  6. Itching

Vulva-vaginal irritation is one of the most annoying symptoms of yeast infection, haunting female patients day and night. As a matter of fact, microorganisms, causing yeast infection, excrete secretions which irritate the tissues of reproductive organs. The nerve endings, reacting to the available secretions are found exactly at the vulval vestibule. Despite the fact that infection is present inside the vagina as well, you can get relief from simple vaginal irrigation with water or solution for douching. However, don’t repeat this procedure frequently.

Yeast Infection, Bacterial Vaginosis, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia or Gonorrhea?

When a woman is sure that she has yeast infection, she can successfully treat it at home with the corresponding non-prescription medications. But how can one be sure? Actually, certain dangerous microorganisms cause the symptoms similar to those of yeast infections.

  • If your discharge is foamy and yellowish with unpleasant odor, it can be infection, caused by Trichomonadida from protozoan class.
  • If you’ve got abundant discharge with fishy odor, especially after sex, and there’s no itching, it’s likely to be bacterial vaginosis.

Bacterial infections are the most frequent cause of vaginitis. Both mentioned conditions can be treated with prescriptions drugs. Besides, symptoms of vaginitis are similar to those of such STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Once you have any specific vaginal symptoms, it’s important to undergo professional gynecological diagnostics to get qualified recommendations on the subject of treatment.

Yeast Infection Symptoms: How to Prevent Them?

Yeast infection is famous for its recurrence, that’s why the issue of its prevention is especially relevant. In fact, you should prevent the disease itself, not its symptoms which only indicate the problem. So, what can be done in this direction?

  1. Change your contraceptive solution. If you are using oral contraceptives or contraceptive sponges, a risk of getting infected with yeast increases. Although connection between these products and occurrence of fungi hasn’t been scientifically proven, certain medical experiments have detected that oral contraceptives boost the amount of glycogen in the vagina, which is nothing than nutrition for bacteria.
  2. Don’t practice regular douching. There should be a healthy balance between hygiene and obsession to clean something that is programmed for self-cleaning. Vagina really has a natural program of self-cleaning. Regular douching impairs its pH and provokes yeast infections.
  3. Both sexual partners must undergo anti-fungal treatment. If the infection is constantly transmitted from one sexual partner to another, it will never be cured. Often men have microorganisms under the foreskin, which don’t cause the disease symptoms in them but can infect a woman in case of sexual contact.
  4. Don’t wash your vulva and the vaginal opening with soap and avoid applying deodorants to the intimate area. They cause vaginal irritation and impair the natural balance of microflora.
  5. Stay away from wetness. Yeast loves warm wet environment with a lack of oxygen. Wear cotton underwear that allows your skin to breathe. Avoid too tight underwear and clothes. Don’t stay in a wet bathing suit for a long time.

Yeast infection symptoms will be relieved as soon as you confirm your condition by medical diagnostics and start treatment. Contact your gynecologist as soon as you begin to experience vaginal discomfort, typical for the diseases, caused by fungi. Our recommendations will also help you to prevent recurrence of thrush and other yeast infections.